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2012 Porsche Panamera

$23,756 — $52,436 USED
Hatchback
4 Seats
19-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Quick acceleration
  • Dual-clutch transmission's responsiveness
  • Handling
  • Interior quality, quietness
  • Cargo versatility

The Bad

  • Backseat's low seating position, upright backrest
  • Powered spoiler limits rear visibility
  • Cargo hatch no roomier than competitors' trunks
  • Fixed head restraints
  • Gas mileage
2012 Porsche Panamera exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Porsche Panamera
  • New 550-hp Turbo S version
  • Four-door performance hatchback
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • V-6 or V-8
  • Fuel-saving auto start/stop feature

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The four-seat Porsche Panamera is a large, four-door hatchback that's intended to compete with full-size luxury sedans like the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. For 2012, Porsche adds Turbo S and S Hybrid versions to the Panamera lineup. The S Hybrid is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2012
The new Panamera Turbo S makes 550 horsepower and 553 pounds-feet of torque. With a claimed top speed of 190 mph and a zero-to-60-mph time of less than 4 seconds, the Turbo S is the fastest and most powerful model in the Panamera lineup.

A blind spot warning system is newly available for 2012, as are Porsche Exclusive features, including black headlight surrounds, sports tailpipes and unique leather trim.

Exterior
The Panamera's profile and rear view are a lightning rod for criticism, though the style plays a part in the car's large backseat and versatile cargo hatch. The main visible distinction between the V-6 version and the higher trim levels is a matte-black trim surrounding the side windows in place of chrome. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Available 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Standard four-position power rear spoiler
  • Standard bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps

Interior
All of the Panamera's trim levels seat four. The backseat comprises two roomy bucket seats with a flow-through console between them. All Panamera models feature a 7-inch touch-screen and a 4.8-inch color display in the ...

Vehicle Overview

The four-seat Porsche Panamera is a large, four-door hatchback that's intended to compete with full-size luxury sedans like the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. For 2012, Porsche adds Turbo S and S Hybrid versions to the Panamera lineup. The S Hybrid is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2012
The new Panamera Turbo S makes 550 horsepower and 553 pounds-feet of torque. With a claimed top speed of 190 mph and a zero-to-60-mph time of less than 4 seconds, the Turbo S is the fastest and most powerful model in the Panamera lineup.

A blind spot warning system is newly available for 2012, as are Porsche Exclusive features, including black headlight surrounds, sports tailpipes and unique leather trim.

Exterior
The Panamera's profile and rear view are a lightning rod for criticism, though the style plays a part in the car's large backseat and versatile cargo hatch. The main visible distinction between the V-6 version and the higher trim levels is a matte-black trim surrounding the side windows in place of chrome. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Available 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Standard four-position power rear spoiler
  • Standard bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps

Interior
All of the Panamera's trim levels seat four. The backseat comprises two roomy bucket seats with a flow-through console between them. All Panamera models feature a 7-inch touch-screen and a 4.8-inch color display in the instrument cluster.

The cargo area measures 15.7 cubic feet, but when you fold the backseat there's 44.6 cubic feet of space. Interior features include:

  • Standard eight-way-adjustable power front seats; 14- or 18-way power seats optional
  • Standard leather upholstery
  • Standard dual-zone air conditioning; four-zone climate control optional
  • Optional Sport Chrono Package includes a stopwatch/lap timer in the center of the dashboard
  • Optional 16-speaker Burmester surround sound system

Under the Hood
All Panameras use a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. A Sport Chrono Package Plus adds a setting for sportier drivetrain and suspension settings, as well as a launch-control feature for faster sprints from a standing start. A standard auto stop/start feature turns off the engine when the Panamera comes to a complete stop. It starts again, seamlessly, when the driver lifts off the brake pedal. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 300-hp, 3.6-liter V-6
  • Optional 400-hp, 4.8-liter V-8
  • Optional 500-hp, twin-turbo 4.8-liter V-8
  • Optional 550-hp, twin-turbo 4.8-liter V-8
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Optional active suspension

Safety
The Panamera's front occupants get frontal, knee and seat-mounted side-impact airbags. There are also side-impact airbags for the rear seats, as well as side curtain airbags to cover the side windows for both rows of seats. Additional safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system and traction control
  • Available adaptive headlamps
  • Available adaptive cruise control
  • Available blind spot warning system

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
16 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Real Head Turner

by Larry the car guy from Texas on August 14, 2018

The car is great for tall drivers and is a stunning vehicle. Great exterior design and interior. Great gas mileage for a full size luxury sedan Read full review

(4.0)

Fun to drive but can be expensive to maintain

by MMM (MD) from Upper Marlboro on March 3, 2018

The Turbo model Super fast, stylish and rides great. You have to have the right options to enjoy the benefits of owning a Panamera. Base model willn't satisfy the speed demon. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Porsche Panamera currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Porsche Panamera has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Porsche

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    8 years/100,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    111-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Panamera received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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